Rules To Shop By – Part 4

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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rules-to-shop-bySo many people  I talk to don’t know where to start when it comes to couponing and saving money.  I thought I’d share my rules in a series of posts called Rules To Live Shop By.

Today is the eco-friendly money-saving list:

  1. Consider the impact to the environment: some times single-serving items cost more than buying in bulk. And look at how much more packaging is included!  Buy in bulk and break an item down into smaller reusable containers.
  2. Sometimes you can get those single-serving items packaged together (i.e. 100 calorie bags of X that come in a box, etc) for free when you match sales and coupons.  But at what cost to the environment? See above–buy boxes of crackers and put them in reusable containers when you get home from the store.  An extra minute or two of work is worth it to the earth if not your pocketbook.
  3. Don’t forget your reusable bags! Not only are they good for the environment by cutting down on hard-to-recycle plastic bags, you often get 5 cents off your purchase per bag depending upon the store.
  4. Don’t forget to use your powers for good. If you can get an item for cheap or free and have the ability, consider getting more than what you need because there is a shelter/pantry that would gladly take the item.

These are just a few Rules To Live Shop By that I try to follow.

Rules To Shop By – Part 2

July 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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rules-to-shop-bySo many people I talk to don’t know where to start when it comes to couponing and saving money.  A couple of years ago I was asked by a local magazine to compile a list of tips or “rules” for people who wanted to save money while shopping.    Most of the items are things I have mentioned here and there but I thought I’d share them again in a series of posts called Rules To Live Shop By.

  1. Maximize your savings with buying items on sale that also have a coupon available at the same time. You can always check a coupon database to see if there is a coupon available to use.
  2. Make a shopping list! Many people stop at the store on their way home from work while they juggle 1,000 other things in their mind. They buy on impulse, they forget things—it all adds up!
  3. Create a stockpile! No, I’m not talking like something you see on Extreme Couponing, but a three-month supply of most items is reasonable.  We’ll have more on stockpiling in the coming weeks.
  4. Buy your food seasonally. Summer is when items like ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, etc. are on sale. Turkeys at Thanksgivings, ham at Easter. Buy enough to last until they’ll be on sale again!
  5. Get organized. If you’re going to use coupons, don’t just stuff them in your wallet or purse. Doesn’t have to be fancy and you might have to try a few things before you find one that works best for you. I used to use a recipe box and now use a giant clutch-sized organizer. Some people use a 3-ring binder system.

These are just a few Rules To Live Shop By that I try to follow.  Check back tomorrow for a few more tips!

Rules to Shop by – Part 1

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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rules-to-shop-bySo many people I talk to don’t know where to start when it comes to couponing and saving money.  A couple of years ago I was asked by a local magazine to compile a list of tips or “rules” for people who wanted to save money while shopping.    Most of the items are things I have mentioned here and there but I thought I’d share them again in a series of posts called Rules To Live Shop By.

  1. Coupons should be treated like money. They are handed to cashiers as a form of “payment”.  Treat them that way.
  2. Start small if you want to become a couponer.   If you’ve never used coupons before, make your goal to save 10% off your grocery bill every week/month. Once you can consistently save 10% off your bill, try to bump it to 20% and so on.  I average at least 40% off MSRP our groceries year-round.  Why not more?  We try to eat as organic as possible, don’t rely upon processed foods the way we used to, and quite frankly, don’t have time to chase all the sales.
  3. Subscribe to a few websites like Green Bay Consumer or Facebook pages that let you know where to find the best deals and have lists of match-ups for store sales that can be combined with coupons.  You can always check out some of our favorites here.
  4. Learn the lingo: Catalinas are the coupons that print at the end of your transaction, IPs are Internet Printables, etc.
  5. Get on Facebook! More and more companies are offering IPs and freebies on Facebook only.

These are just the first few Rules To Live Shop By.  Check back tomorrow for Part two!

Extreme Couponing in Wisconsin?

July 2, 2011 by · 9 Comments
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You will not be able to buy $1000 worth of groceries for 60 cents around here.  No way, no how.  I don’t care what you see on TV (and quite frankly, those people didn’t get it that cheap, either since they probably had to spend money obtaining coupons, but that rant is for another day….)

But you can save a lot of money if you shop the sales and combine manufacturers coupons at the same time. In Northeast Wisconsin, you can also throw Copps Double Daze into the mix where they double coupons on Wednesdays and Saturdays (the Saturday promotion is set to end July 9th).

My blogging buddies Jon from my brother site Milwaukee Consumer and  Rose from Rose Knows Coupons did a little shopping with one of my former co-workers, Vince Vitrano, who just happens to be the morning show anchor at WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee.  Take a look at their trip here.

Great job, Rose and Jon!

And to the readers, if someone like Vince can learn to coupon, so can you. :-)

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